Take a trip across the pond to experience the vibrant cultures and long-held traditions of Europe at The Morton Arboretum’s Passport Europe Festival, Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25. The festival will include storytelling, dancing and authentic cuisine inspired by several European countries.
Each day, three performance areas will feature several entertainment acts featuring traditional music, dancing and storytelling. Hear an impressive 12-foot-long Alpenhorn play during a set from oompah band Jimmy's Bavarians. Polka enthusiasts can dance to Danny Mateja & the IPA Tribute Band. For some Spanish flavor, listen to Guitarra Azul, a flamenco-style ensemble featuring Spanish guitar.
An assortment of dance groups will perform, including Salt Creek Ballet, McNulty Irish Dancers, Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers and Dionysus Greek Dancers. Visitors can also enjoy exciting European folktales told by storyteller Chris Fascione or immerse themselves in German fairy tales and songs by performer Barb Sorenson.
Visitors are invited to learn about trees at the Arboretum native to Central and Northern Europe. Indigenous to countries such as Norway, Belgium and Germany, these trees represent some of the oldest on the Arboretum grounds. Visitors are invited to explore the Arboretum’s many hiking trails while learning more about these spectacular European trees.
The Passport Europe Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to attend with Arboretum admission. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs as Arboretum seating is limited.